Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

No Wyoming hemp cultivation in 2019, but THC testing close, governor says

Though Wyoming farmers can’t yet grow hemp, the state said its lab to test the crop for THC is almost ready. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and the state Department of Agriculture sent an update this week to would-be hemp farmers reminding them that production remains illegal until federal agriculture authorities set national rules and then approve […]

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Alaska governor cuts funding for hemp program, cites no existing industry

After developing proposed rules in June for its 2019 hemp production regulations, Alaska officials have determined a state industrial hemp program may not be worth funding. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy cut $375,000 from the state budget for Alaska’s industrial hemp program, saying there is “no existing industry to support a state-funded program.” Under a bill […]

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Hemp for animal feed: Economic potential waits out legal maneuvering

Given hemp’s new legal status, many farmers and livestock producers want to explore cannabis for animal feed and the research that suggests its nutritional and developmental benefits. But they’re facing market and legal uncertainties that are familiar to those making hemp products for people. A 2017 Colorado study cited “a lack of domestic economic data” […]

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Ohio governor enacts hemp law opening CBD sales beyond dispensaries

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a measure authorizing CBD sales and the commercial production of industrial hemp in the state. The law takes effect immediately and allows CBD to be sold outside dispensaries. CBD had been legal in Ohio but only in medical marijuana dispensaries. Highlights of the Ohio hemp law include: CBD food, […]

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Curaleaf scrubs website for medical claims following FDA warning

After federal regulators warned cannabis giant Curaleaf last week against making unsubstantiated medical claims for its CBD products, the company has taken action. The Massachusetts cannabis company removed its blog and deleted social media posts and articles on its website saying its products can be used to treat medical conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic […]

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European Medicines Agency panel OKs GW Pharma’s cannabis drug

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended approval of the British company’s cannabis-based medicine Epidiolex, said the drug’s maker, GW Pharmaceuticals. The CHMP is tasked with preparing the European Medicines Agency’s opinions on queries about the marketing of human medicines. The CHMP opinion was adopted July 25, and the final decision now […]

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South Carolina law enforcement cracks down on smokable hemp

In the latest blow dealt to the burgeoning smokable hemp flower market in the Southeast United States, South Carolina law enforcement officials are requiring retailers across the state to pull raw, unprocessed hemp products from their store shelves. The action comes after an opinion handed down from the State Attorney General’s office on July 10 […]

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North Carolina lawmakers vote to delay smokable hemp ban

Another set of policymakers in North Carolina has signed off on banning smokable hemp until December 2020 in hopes that tests will be developed by then to distinguish the plant from marijuana. The state House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the original measure passed by the Senate, which would make smokable hemp legal until December […]

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What they’re saying: 10 highlights from the FDA’s query on how to regulate CBD

In its open call for suggestions related to how cannabis extracts should be regulated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 4,000 responses. Respondents ranged from state and local health departments to CBD manufacturers to the American Medical Association. The agency is looking at cannabis extracts from both marijuana and hemp varieties […]

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Ohio lawmakers vote to allow hemp production, broader CBD sales

Ohio legislators have agreed to allow hemp production and CBD products to be sold outside medical marijuana dispensaries. A bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Mike DeWine would allow CBD to be sold outside dispensaries. Right now, the product is legal in Ohio but only in regulated dispensaries, according to an order last year from […]

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